]The Association of Irish Racehorse Owners is deeply saddened by the passing of jockey Pat Smullen on Tuesday.
Pat was closely connected with so many owners who had the privilege of having the seven-time champion jockey riding their horses throughout his illustrious career.
From his first winner at Dundalk in June 1993 right through to his final success, which incidentally came at that same venue some 25 years later in 2018, Pat is fondly remembered by all who came into his company.
Even following his cancer diagnosis in March 2018, Pat showed all of the great qualities that had epitomized his career in the saddle, with enormous fundraising efforts which culminated in the Pat Smullen Charity Raceday at the Curragh on day two of Irish Champions Weekend last year.
That day will live long in the memory for all involved as one of the greatest days on an Irish racecourse, one that owners are deeply appreciative to have played their small part in, as Pat’s efforts resulted in over €2.5million being raised for Cancer Trials Ireland.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Pat’s wife Frances, their three children Hannah, Paddy and Sarah and their wider circle of family and friends at this time.